They aren’t afraid to admit to mistakes
Without specifically saying so, the Mets did correct two errors from the offseason. First, they designated longtime catcher Travis d’Arnaud for assignment in April. More recently, they gave the same treatment to outfielder Keon Broxton.
When the Mets decided to even tender d’Arnaud a contract when they could have parted with him easily back in November, many questioned the move. At the time, Wilson Ramos was still a free agent and Kevin Plawecki had yet to be traded to the Cleveland Indians. The only justifiable reason for keeping him was as a precaution in case they couldn’t upgrade.
Meanwhile, Broxton came over in a trade from the Milwaukee Brewers for three players. Because he lacked minor league options, it was yet another controversial move from the first-year general manager.
Well, Van Wagenen’s regime has already admitted those two decisions were mistakes. My guess is we’ll see them do the same with at least one other player and possibly even coach before the season is through.
Todd Frazier is playing poorly and has no real purpose with the ball club. If not for Jed Lowrie’s never-ending stay on the IL, he’d be even more useless. While Frazier wasn’t brought in by Van Wagenen, he is “his guy.” The same could be said about Jason Vargas, another ex-client of BVW. Rather than upgrade the starting rotation this offseason, the Mets put trust in Vargas to figure things out. He hasn’t been as terrible as last season, but he has been nothing special and missed plenty of time.
No general manager is perfect. However, unlike the suffering with Jose Reyes through all of 2018 with much less to lose, this general manager has cut ties and accepted the egg on his face.